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The Speaking Tree - A Study of Indian Culture and Society
The Speaking Tree - A Study of Indian Culture and Society

The Speaking Tree - A Study of Indian Culture and Society

by Richard Lannoy

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Language

English

Publisher

Oxford University Press

ISBN

0195650778 - Year: 2006 - Pages: 466

Binding

Paperback

Richard Lannoy

Author: Richard Lannoy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 466
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195650778

Description

As an introduction to India it far surpasses anything currently available. The author has lived, studied, and worked in India over a period of twenty years. A marvelous book.

The Speaking Tree is an analytical study of Indian culture and society, with the chief aim of identifying the origins of the nation's contemporary problems. Though generally manifested in urgent economic terms, these have their root causes in the historical development of India's system of values and thought, as reflected in its cultural and social organization.

This study examines India's capacity fir innovation and creativity, its receptivity to change in social and family relations, and the ability to utilize human, technical and physical resources for social reconstruction. The complexity of India's task is on a scale unprecedented at any previous period in its history, and can be accomplished only if its people themselves have the capacity for change n- and the will to take decisive action.

MEDIA COMMENT
. . . No enumeration of topics can convey the interest if this ambitious attempt at a synoptic understanding of Indian culture. A remarkably subtle and thought-provoking work. - - Foreign Affairs

Contents

Preface
Note on the Illustrations
A Note on the Transcription of Indian Words

PART ONE
THEH AESTHETIC FACTOR IN INDIAN HISTORY
Introduction

CHAPTER ONE : SOCIAL ORGANIZATION AND ART FORMS
Aryan and non-Aryan
The Universal Empire

CHAPTER TWO : ART AND SOCIETY
The Art of other-mindedness
Visionary art

CHAPTER THREE : THE ART OF THE CAVE SANCTUARIES
The Social Background
The Retreat to the Forest
The Ajanta frescoes
Sanskrit drama and the art of fresco

CHAPTER FOUR : THE HINDU TEMPLE
The Brahman ascendancy
Erotic Art

CHAPTER FIVE : TWILIGHT OF THE GODS
The Muslim Period
Synaesthesia in the Modern World

PART TWO
THE FAMILY SYSTEM
Introduction

CHAPTER ONE : The Child
The joint Family
Infancy
The Pre-school Child
Father and Son

CHAPTER TWO : FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
The status of Women
Mother and Son
Family and Society

CHAPTER THREE : SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS
Asceticism, and Orgiasticism
The Kama Sutra
Marital Relations

CHAPTER FOUR : CHANGE IN THE FAMILY SYSTEM
The Impact of Urbanism
The Nuclear Family
The Younger Generation

PART THREE
THE SOCIAL STRUCTURE
Introduction

CHAPTER ONE : THE CASTE SYSTEM
Caste and Common sense
Hierarchy
Status and Power
Purity and Pollution

CHAPTER TWO : THE ORGANIZATION OF CASTES
The Jajmani System
The Little Community

CHAPTER THREE : THE ANTIPODES
Conservation of Primitive traits
Dual Organization

CHAPTER FOUR : TRIBAL SOCIETY
Historical Background
Tribal Culture
Tribal Influences in Caste Society

CHAPTER FIVE : FISSION AND FUSION
The Cultural Media
Festivals, Play and conflict
Religious rapture and possession
Emotional Religiosity of Bhakti sects
Mystical renunciation

CHAPTER SIX : THE SOCIAL ORDER AND THE IDEA OF A STATE
The Brahman
The King
The People
Feudalism
The Social order
The Muslim Invasion

CHAPTER SEVEN : ECONOMIC CHANGE AND THE MIDDLE CLASSES
Historical Background
Formation of new classes during British rule

CHAPTER EIGHT : RECENT CHANGES IN SOCIETY
Reformism and nationalism
Change in the Case system
Co-existence of Two Institutional Systems

PART FOUR
VALUE SYSTEMS AND ATTITUDES
Introduction

CHAPTER ONE : INDIAN THOUGHT
Three Elements of Continuity
The Word
Unitary though
Rebirth and Causality
The Terror of Time

CHAPTER TWO : THE ETHICAL DILEMMA
Dharma in the Epics
The Bhagavad Gita
The Arthashastra and the cult of power
the Dharma of Crisis
Two ethical Experiments
Aesthetic pessimism

PART FIVE
SACRED AUTHORITY AND THE SECULAR STATE
Introduction

CHAPTER ONE : SACRED AUTHORITY
The Guru-Shishya Relationship
Narcissus and the Nirvana Principle
The guru's magic circle
A strategy of desperation

CHAPTER TWO : GANDHI : STRENGTH MADE PERFECT IN WEAKNESS
Individuation
The Gandhian dialectic
Creative disequilibrium
Centroversion
Stable socio-economic equilibrium
The Weapons of stupefaction
Anarchist political philosophy

Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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